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Behind The Song "Take My Hand" by Lindsay McCaul
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Friday, June 01, 2012 Type: Music Views: 1025

Behind The Song “Take My Hand” by Lindsay McCaul with Kevin Davis

Lindsay McCaul is a great new artist with eleven vibrant and insightful songs that she penned for her Reunion Records debut, If It Leads Me Back, produced by Jason Ingram. The album opens with the standout song “Say My Name” which showcases not only Lindsay’s gifts as a songwriter, but her shimmering, emotion-laden voice. I am challenged and comforted every time I listen to the song, which is based on the story of Lot’s wife in Genesis when she turned into a pillar of salt. Lindsay McCaul has pure and strong vocals that remind me of Brooke Fraser and Audrey Assad who are my favorite female vocalists of all time. I consider Lindsay someone to watch out for in 2012 and based on this album, she gets my nomination as the best new artist and female vocalist I've heard in the past year. I haven’t heard an album that has struck me like this album since Albertine by Brooke Fraser and The House You’re Building by Audrey Assad.

Lindsay McCaul has always been keenly aware of words and their value. From her teen years pouring over the lyrics of her favorite Christian music to her college days majoring in linguistics at Moody Bible Institute to the vibrant, insightful songs she’s penned for her Reunion Records debut, If It Leads Me Back, McCaul knows the power of words. Rarely has an artist wielded that power with more thoughtful precision. Blessed with a caring heart and a deep intellect, McCaul has a gift for writing songs that strengthen and encourage by reminding us of God’s grace and faithfulness. “I don’t technically use my translation degree skills,” says McCaul, who earned her degree in applied linguistics intending to translate the Bible, “but music is another way of translating the Bible into our lives. The stories and the truths in the Word can be applied in a different way into people’s hearts.”
 
Born in Abilene, Texas, McCaul moved to Florida when she was nine and lived so close to the Space Center that she remembers hearing the Shuttle rattle her windows when it launched. She has a twin sister and recalls her family listening primarily to oldies music, but that wasn’t her passion. “I would lay awake at night when we were supposed to be asleep, and I would turn on my radio and listen to Christian music,” she recalls. “I thought ‘this is amazing!’ I remember one time my mom came in and they had just played Mark Schultz’s ‘He’s My Son.’ It was the first time I’d ever heard it and I was sitting in my bed bawling. I was so moved and overwhelmed by this music. I can’t tell you how much Christian music has impacted my life. I truly would not be the person I am or where I am without the way the Lord has impacted my life through Christian music.”
 
McCaul was drawn to music as a form of self-expression and began writing songs at an early age. “I started writing when I was 11 or 12,” she says. “I would write what I was thinking about or processing or about how the Lord was revealing himself to me. At a young age, the Lord let me do that. Writing songs was my way of figuring out ‘what does God say about this in His word?’ and ‘what is He saying about this to me?’ or ‘what is He doing in people’s lives that I am close with?’” Songwriting became the filter through which McCaul explored her relationship with God and expressed what He was revealing to her. I had the great opportunity to interview Lindsay in person about her catchy new single “Take My Hand.” Here are the answers to the questions I asked her.
 
Please tell me the message behind the song “Take My Hand.” Do you have any personal
application regarding your walk as a Christian in writing the song?
“Take My Hand” is probably my favorite song on the album. There were a lot of things going on
in my life when I wrote this song - a relationship had just ended, my pastor had cancer, and other
circumstances had been shifting and changing. It was one thing after another after another. I
remember waking up one night and thinking ‘I don’t know if I can handle all of this. I really
don’t know if I can do this.’ It was probably three in the morning and I was laying in bed and I
felt God saying to me, “go find that story of Peter on the water’ and I fought it, I said back to
Him ‘I don’t really want to turn the light on right now…I’m crying!!’ But I turned it on and read
through that story. At the end, Jesus reaches out and takes Peter’s hand to steady him and hold
him in that crazy storm. In that moment in our lives, God is saying to us, ‘O you of little faith,
why did you doubt the God who created this world and allowed this storm to bring us to this
moment of desperation?’ He created our fragile little hearts that are frail and scared, but the
Creator is with us through every storm. He’s the one that’s going to carry us through them - all
we need is for Him to just grab hold of our hand.

Which Bible verses best connect to the message of the song?
Isaiah 41:13
For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’

and Matthew 14:29-31
So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to
go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink
he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught
him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Lyrics:
I heard You say it, I know You did
You called me out into the waves and wind
And for a moment I was brave
and strong
But now everything is going wrong

Didn’t You know that I’d be scared
Couldn’t You see I was unprepared
I’m not asking for reasons You hold or the safety of land
I just need You to take my hand

I could have stayed back where I was before
And never met You in this raging storm
You’re telling me that faith is all I need
But fear is all that I can find in me

‘Cause I would be okay if You’d take my hand
I wouldn’t be afraid if You’d take my hand
All would fade away if You’d take my hand
If You’d take my hand

Didn’t You know that I’d be scared
Couldn’t You see I was unprepared
I’m not asking for reasons You hold or the safety of land
I just need You to take
Won’t You please come and take
I just need You to take my hand

Lindsay has captivating and catchy songs filled with inspirational lyrics. For me, Lindsay brings sincerity and relatable themes that get deeper with each listen. My favorite albums are the ones that continue to provide new revelations over time by savoring them. This album has already done that for me. If you are looking for one of the top female solo albums of the year, then look no further than If It Leads Me Back. I’m sure it will continue to challenge, inspire and move me. This is truly a great album and an uplifting worship experience.
 
Corrie Ten Boom said: "When we are powerless to do anything, it is a great joy that we can come and step inside the ability of Jesus.” This song has really been resonating with me as I realize that Jesus commands us to trust God completely no matter our circumstances or personal distractions or concerns. The song includes some great challenges: “I could have stayed back where I was before, And never met You in this raging storm, You’re telling me that faith is all I need, But fear is all that I can find in me, ‘Cause I would be okay if You’d take my hand.” We can’t know everything and we are not in control, but trusting God gives us assurance that we don’t have to be afraid. God will be there to pick us up when we fall. The challenge for me when I listen to this song is pick an area of my life that I’ve been trying to control and instead step out and put all of my hope and trust in God. We can all call out to God and know that “I wouldn’t be afraid if You’d take my hand, All would fade away if You’d take my hand, If You’d take my hand.” Amen to that!

You can watch a video of Lindsay performing this song here:

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